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Elat (Israel)

Municipality of Elat, Iriyat Elat

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[Municipality of Eilat, 2:3 yellow variant (Israel)] 2:3
image by Dov Gutterman
Emblem adopted 1st June 1972

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The city of Eilat uses as flag a blue logo on many backgrounds. The one on the city hall is yellow but there are also white and light blue.
Dov Gutterman
, 15 April 1999, 15 May 1999 and 13 April 2000

Eilat is the southmost point of Israel on the shore of the Red Sea. Eilat (sometimes written also as Elat) is a resort place with many attractions and a port. In Eilat there are border passes to Egypt and Jordan. Eilat was established in 1949 and became a municipality in 1959. It was established on a site of a desert police station named Um Rashrash (see the ink flag story). Eilat is named after a biblical port-city and has 49,000 inh.

Mr. Yehuda Kaplinski, assistant to the mayor wrote me as follows:

  1. I couldn't find any source about the adoption of Eilat emblem or flag.
  2. In events, we use coloured flags in sizes of 70 × 150 cm, charged with the city emblem.

I made the image with a yellow field since this is the flag that I saw in the city hall. In my opinion it was 2:3, but he said 70 × 150 cm which is 7:15 ratio which seems to be wrong.
Dov Gutterman, 19 August 2001

The municipal emblem was published in the official gazette (Rashumot), YP 1827, 1 June 1972.
Dov Gutterman, 4 September 2001

I had another opportunity to check it.....and it is 2:3. However, Eilat joined the other ports and now a blue flag (with no inscription) is hoisted in fromt of the city hall.
Dov Gutterman, 19 June 2003

Elat appears in the bible (Kings II, 14,21 and 16,6). There are three possible explanation for the origin of its name: Ela (name of tree - Pistacia), Eyal (strength- after the strong storms) and Ayal (deer).
Elat emblem appeared on a stamp issued on 24 March 1965.
According to the official wensite, the explanation of the emblem is as follows:
- Anchor at see - Shipping
- Cogwheel - Industry
- On the background - Fort, representing its security value at the borders of Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia.
Dov Gutterman, 5 April 2005

Blue Variant

[Municipality of Eilat, 2:3 blue variant (Israel)] 2:3
image by Dov Gutterman

Flag with 7:15 Ratio (Wrong?)

[Municipality of Eilat (Israel)] 7:15
image by Dov Gutterman